Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Controlling Our Food
"The World According to Monsanto"

On March 11 a new documentary was aired on French television - a documentary that Americans won’t ever see on TV. The gigantic bio-tech corporation Monsanto is threatening to destroy the agricultural biodiversity which has served mankind for thousands of years.
Here's an internet news clip:

Here's the Documentary "The World According to Monsanto":

Monday, March 30, 2009

Chuck D. and Public Enemy circa 1987

Here's a classic never published shot of PE, before they shunned the gold chains (the ultimate "status symbol" of that era) completely. It was an interesting moment back stage that night when at the arena outside of Washington DC, where I brought my friend Ian MacKaye to see PE live for the first time and we both noticed that Chuck was wearing gold after speaking out about it publicly before, we thought, and one of us asked, "Chuck is that real? Are you really going out like that?" We thought that PE, and Chuck of all people saw the gold chains for what they were, further enslavement to petty capitalism and consumerism, but Chuck's answer that night was "The kids think it's DOPE, we're here for them, and it looks dope, we can't argue with that... Besides it ain't real gold!" - Well thankfully Chuck disbanded that argument before the end of that tour, or shortly thereafter, but for a minute there it looked like he slipped in front of someone who was surely a bit disappointed at that first meeting. No one's perfect.

Now, just in case you are not aware, I was probably one of the biggest PE fans/promoters of all time back then. Besides doing almost all of their early photography, including their first two album covers, I believe i was one of the first people ever to say that "It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back" was the greatest rap album of all time. i'm proud to have said that as early as i did, and see many people jump on that in the many years since, deservedly so. I was very close with them and the Bomb Squad back then. And even though we did have a bit of a falling out just before the third album came out, we had long since made up, and i'm still a big PE/Chuck D. fan and friend.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

DUH! Sunday sermon of the month...

"Live your values, change the world. It's that simple."
Yes this narrator and the acoustic guitar background make this clip more 'hippy-dippy' than it needs to be. Just like the O.G. book (Diet For A New America) that helped me make the smart move back in '87, i have a little problem with the presentation for the average person. But listen to the facts and wake the fuck up when you're ready.



I've been vegan for 20+ years now, and let me tell you, these days it is SO much easier than it used to be. If you're considerate you're doing it, or at least thinking about it. If not, maybe one day you will be. I'll thank you then.

btw. The updated version of John Robbins' incredible book Diet For A New America is called The Food Revolution, i highly recommend it.



"What do sages, philosophers, artists and scientists tell us about our food choices? This clip features quotes from the Bible, Buddha, Tolstoy, Voltaire, St. Francis of Assisi, Leonardo da Vinci, Seneca, Edison, Hippocrates, Einstein, Guru Nanak, Colin Campbell and William Castelli."

Saturday, March 28, 2009

She Who Measures


The Croatian filmmaker Veljko Popovic’s She Who Measures (Ona Koja Mjeri) is an animated short lasting about six minutes. Watercolors and paintings in black ink complement each other in a mixture of two- and three-dimensional animation.
SPOILER ALERT - don't read below until after you've seen the clip.
She Who Measures tells the story of the creation of a set of filigree humanoids with large heads, which are bred in green water tanks. With Smiley-like metal masks over their faces, and equipped with shopping carts, they march in single file through a wasteland. The rhythm is set by a pot-bellied clown leading the small caravan. With his long staff, he conducts the little group, and from time to time, he literally shits sweets, tiny dolls and other colorful knick-knacks, which the small figures eagerly pick up and put into their carts.

This ambivalent activity is observed by a maskless maverick crossing the path of the group. He tries to divert the creatures from their routine and to tear their Smiley masks from their faces. In so doing, what was hidden behind each mask is revealed both to him and to us: A blaring television screen where the newest products are advertised non-stop — commercials we know well enough. Our hero’s efforts, however, are in vain: The clown puts everything back in place, and the small crew marches on. Whilst our insubordinate hero wearily plods through the barren wasteland, finally throwing himself off the edge of the world into an abyss, the little slaves of consumerism are at the end of their tether. They draw their last breath next to their jam-packed shopping carts … but the next generation is already growing in those green tanks.

She Who Measures is the first film by the 29-year old Popovic, who has studied art but earns his living creating computer graphics for the advertising industry. Accordingly he calls his debut film a “pleasant counterpart” to his commissioned work, which serves the consumer society he portrays here with such acrimony. Last but not least, Popovic considers his film to be a little satire about the latest social development in some Eastern European countries: The rapid opening-up to capitalism during the last decade, which has resulted in the establishment of countless private television stations that lull citizen with their programs, and a frightening increase in the number of consumer temples. However, She Who Measures captivates us not only with its social criticism expressed entirely through images, but also with its aestheticism — especially the suggestive background landscape (painted on corrugated cardboard, then scratched) through which the tiny figures proceed. The sheer expanse additionally accentuates the forlorn nature of the humanoids, mindlessly wasting their lives in chasing after the many useless objects in our world of consumerism.

Doris Senn
© FIPRESCI 2008


via Jeremy Kaplan at Subliminal Projects (from his Mom)

Friday, March 27, 2009

You probably never heard this one


In May 1975 Die Electric Eels recorded two slabs of what have to be some of the greatest proto punk ever. Agitated (listen in the player below) has all the punk elements: short song, sloppy instrumentation, raw production and a lousy solo.

In 1978, Rough Trade released the Agitated 45 (RT 8). Guitarist John Morton illustrated the cover and wrote the titles in a faux German style, which was taken at face value by many who initially bought it, exactly the sort of confusion and ambiguity to which the Eels aspired. Between the sounds, still extreme by 1978 standards, and the gradual realization that "Die Electric Eels" were actually a crazy band from Cleveland that had broken up three years earlier made it that much more impressive.

Nick Knox who later became the drummer for the Cramps was also in this band.

A bit reminicent of early Black Flag recordings with Keith Morris, and if you can imagine, even more raw.



probably my favorite pre-punk punk record ever.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

All i wanted was a Pepsi . . .

So i went out tonight to some gathering in a space where i am supposed to sit for an interview for 4 or 5 minutes of air-time (I should say cable or satellite time) tomorrow for Fuel TV. I rarely if ever go out at night anymore but i thought it would be a good idea to scope out the situation for the interview the next day and meet the folks i was going to have to deal with ahead of time. Fact is i knew I'd be able to get a glass of Pepsi with ice at the party, so i went out for 10 minutes.

When i was in my 20's i was practically addicted to Pepsi, then once i became vegan and more conscious of the planet, my health, and the corporate control over our bodies i eventually cut out Pepsi, for many years i'd go without any, more recently i started having them maybe a few times a year at most. Tonight i just had the craving after some crazy BBQ seitan my wife cooked for us.

On the subject of Pepsi, when i was managing Suicidal Tendencies back in 1983 as we were working on putting together that debut album (which i produced), I asked Mike after we did the demo with Spot, to change the lyric to Pepsi instead of Coke (yup, originally it was Coke), i admit i was being selfish and silly with my brand loyalty at the time, but i also convinced Mike that this way no one will mistake it for the drug cocaine, and why not go with the underdog and the whole Pepsi generation angle anyway... Well that seemed to work out pretty well for everyone involved i guess.



Here's the ST song and the video. I have a small cameo at around the 35 second mark, i'm on the left talking to the girl as Tom Araya - from Slayer- pushes Mike. (The Girl was Tom's girlfriend actually). Other notable cameos from hot skaters of that era, "Gator", Natas and Stedam.

Funny that some 25 years later (a few weeks ago) i'd get a call from an advertising agency wanting to use some old skate images of mine of Tony Alva for a new campaign they are working on, I let them know immediately that normally i would just say no out of hand, in assisting in the promotion of any corporate products, but since it was going to make good money for Tony who i know really could use it, and due to my old former brand loyalty as a teenager and twenty something, i figured maybe i'll consider... I did some research and found out that Pepsi as a corporation certainly was not as bad as Coke, they had actually done some pretty cool things. They were boycotted last year by a bunch of ultra right wingers who were mad they "gave a total of $1,000,000 to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays", and had recently even sold off some of their uglier assets such a Burger King and some other horrible food chains. The new campaign was pretty cool and even included Bob Dylan's blessing (using a lot of old/new comparisons).
I said tell me how the image will be used, and no you can't use one of my iconic images from Fuck You Heroes for any price, but maybe another less known image from the same period, and i'll think about it. They got back to me saying any shot i think would be good they would consider, but then i found out the usage and exploitation factor of the shot... Out of sheer curiosity I asked what kind of budget they had for the photos, they said they were paying a few thousand dollars an image, I had to laugh, a major campaign in more than a dozen major cities across the US? I told them there was no way i'd do it for anything less than six figures, i thought relatively speaking this was fair (even though i had never received that much for a legal usage before - sometimes it's just fun to fuck with these advertising people - obviously i'd be giving some of the money to causes that campaign against obesity or something like that if they actually paid it). They said they had no authorization for that much and would have to ask the client, I said if you want the best you obviously have to pay for it, if it was a charity project i'd give it away, but c'mon this is one of the largest corporations on the planet, "they hired your agency, what's that cost?" (silence)... In the end, she was polite and wrote me an e-mail back after a few days, they decided to go with another image from another photographer that Tony recommended, I'm sure it was probably Wynn Miller, who was pretty much Tony's personal photographer back in 1978 and he got some great shots of Tony back then, although often a bit over produced for my taste. I sure hope he got paid better than what they told me they were offering...

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

WikiLeaks - needs help

"WikiLeaks is a website that publishes anonymous submissions and leaks of sensitive governmental, corporate, or religious documents, while attempting to preserve the anonymity and untraceability of its contributors. Within one year of its December 2006 launch, its database had grown to more than 1.2 million documents." [1]

Wikileaks is currently overloaded by readers. This is a regular difficulty that can only be resolved by deploying additional resources. If you support our mission, then show it in the way that is most needed. On average, each donation catalyzes the publication of around 150 mainstream press articles, exposing human rights abuses and corrupt government around the world. These exposures result in substantial reforms and have changed national election outcomes.

Here's a rare interview with some of those involved (click).

WikiLeak.org discussion blog about the ethical and technical issues of the WikiLeakS.org project

original heads-up via Boing Boing.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

ThruYOU Kutiman mixes YouTube


I was turned onto this from Adam Horovitz's blog.
Apparently this guy mixes stuff from YouTube to make new jams, pretty fucking incredible.
check the clip then check the you tube page for the full credits where every clip comes from and then the guy's own page for more. totally insane.



Just found this cool piece after the fact in the Huffington Post.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Do I need to explain every fucking thing?



Discovered the show "Modern Toss" on IFC last night,. Go figure, this is where this recurring character Drive By Abuser comes from (originally aired on Channel 4 in the UK).

Drive-by Abuser
Cheerful chap considers the fabric of our society from the back of a scooter using a 100 watt megaphone. He ponders such 20th Century questions as golf, ducks, statues, the artist and roundabouts.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Keith Loutit's 'Little Sydney' short films

I just discovered this guy the other day on Boing-Boing. At first i thought this piece "Bathtub IV" was some kind of incredible claymation, reminded me of the old Gumby (maybe because of the weird use of depth of field?) I was not sure, I just couldn't figure it out. But according to his web page he's shooting real life "combining a variety of techniques including tilt-shift and time-lapse photography" - really cool. check him out below and go to his Vimeo page to see other cool clips, all worth watching.


Funny thing, as I was watching this short film, without knowing, it looked vaguely familiar, then there were tell tale signs that indeed the location was somewhere i had been... In fact it was Sydney, Australia where I hung out for a few weeks when i had my Fuck You All exhibit and one of my first ever public speaking engagements back in 1998. My show and talk were there on the beach at the Bondi Pavillion, and a cool photo from that trip of an empty, mossy, swimming pool is in my book The Idealist (the same pool, seeing better days is in Loutit's short "Helpless"). I eventually clicked through to Keith's website and indeed found out he's based in Sydney and all his work is based in or around the area. Nice stuff.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Obamas to Plant White House Vegetable Garden

You know things could be a lot worse, and I ain't mad at this news.

from todays New York Times:
"While the organic garden will provide food for the first family’s meals and formal dinners, its most important role, Mrs. Obama said, will be to educate children about healthful, locally grown fruit and vegetables at time when obesity has become a national concern.

In an interview in her office, Mrs. Obama said, “My hope is that through children, they will begin to educate their families and that will, in turn, begin to educate our communities.”


read the full story here.

Lux Interior and The Cramps circa 1980

Above is a previously unpublished photo I took of The Cramps (L>R Nick Knox, Lux, Poison Ivy), and below one that was used small in my book FUCK YOU TOO of Lux Interior, both at the Roxy in Los Angeles circa 1980.


Lux passed away on February 4th 2009. He was a truly incredible front man. I saw the Cramps several times beginning in probably 1979, and shot photos of them at least two or three times. The Cramps were a great band, and he would do some of the weirdest shit you ever saw. Besides wearing really skin-tight thin rubber pants, every time i saw him, that would always stay just barely above his pubes no matter what position he got in, making you always think they were gonna fall off at any second during the show, i'd say the craziest thing he'd do was when someone would throw a shoe (an old nasty sneaker no less, that had probably been kicked around the floor for a while before it got on stage) nearly hitting him in the face, and rather than throwing it back at the perpetrator he'd take his own beer and pour the whole thing into the shoe, then hold it above his head and proceed to pour the entire thing, from the nasty sneaker, down to the last drop into his mouth! Another variation on this theme that i had seen included a dirty rolled up ball of socks being thrown at him that he stuffed into his mouth for the hell of it. And that's just a few examples of the silly stuff that blew me away. I met them backstage once to show them some of the pictures i had shot before, and they couldn't have been nicer folks. The band was great and he was great, a very sad loss to rock'n'roll.

And here's a video for Garbage Man, one of my favorite songs by the Cramps:

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Recent collaboration with Shepard Fairey

The collaboration I did at the end of last year with Shepard was done with four separate Bad Brains photos of mine we composed into one piece. All agree this one came out great.

It will officially be released on the Obey Giant and Bad Brains websites simultaneously March 26th (possibly a bit earlier for the hard core fans of the Bad Brains on their site) . The print was made as a limited edition of approximately 400 hand numbered copies, all are signed by Shepard, myself and all of the original Bad Brains!!! If you want one you better keep your eyes on those sites for the moment it's released because they are sure to sell out within a few hours.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Highly underrated tracks of the 80's continued...

Tracks like this are so fucking incredible i gotta share them somehow.
so here we go: JUST-ICE, Cold Gettin' Dumb
Actually this is the 1st time i'm presenting an underrated track, so they will continue from here on out...



PLAY AT FULL VOLUME, AND GET YOUR ASS KICKED IN

Monday, March 16, 2009

Woody's Manhattan


As my friend Alex Smith reminded me in a nice story on his blog a few days ago "there is simply no arguing with the film's opening montage." I based a short film i made of my sons first steps on this scene.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Death

found this interesting article in the New York Times today...
"Newly unearthed recordings by the band Death reveal a remarkable missing link between the hard rock of Detroit bands and the high-velocity assault of punk of 1976 and ’77."
Here's the NYTimes link to the original article.
and go to Drag City to hear the classic single.

Not quite as mind blowing as the author suggests,
but pretty damn cool.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

"George Bush Don't Like Black People"
Remixed by the Legendary K.O.

OK, one more thing about Bush before it's too late to remember another one of the bits of great art his evil ways inspired. This song and video were on the internet within days of Katrina shit-storm.



Will Farrell will be doing his "You're Welcome America: A Final Night with George W Bush" this weekend, you know i'll be watching. He has me laughing out loud almost every single moment he's on a screen. So please excuse me for getting out my favorite Bush clips before the context is so forgotten they aren't even interesting any more and before Will Farrell puts the nails in the comedy coffin this weekend on HBO. (I'll still be waiting for the courts to decide if those are the final nails, or if they will indict Bush, Cheney, Rove and the rest of the crew for their crimes against the constitution and humanity. One can only hope for some justice, but hardly expect it.)

Friday, March 13, 2009

John Stewart once again showing he's the most important reporter on commercial Television



I watch the Daily Show every night, when i can, and always recommend that you should too.

skipping around Air America on-line ...

And somehow i found this on a page where the writer David Bender mentioned Deepak Chopra's thoughts on Rush Limbaugh.
I had the pleasure of interviewing a man whose work I've admired for many years, but had never met--Dr. Deepak Chopra. He's written a piece for Huffington Post titled "Rush Limbaugh: Icon of Anti-Morality" and I wanted to get his take on whether we were actually helping the Devil's Dirigible stay afloat by stoking the dangerous flames of his own self-inflating ego.

In the course of the conversation (in which Dr. Chopra admitted that even his own wife listens to Limbaugh out of sheer morbid fascination), we both concluded that it's better to call him out for the dangerous charlatan that he is, just as Edward R. Murrow called out Senator Joe McCarthy 55 years ago. A demagogue is a demagogue, whether he's sitting in the US Senate or in a radio studio in West Plam Beach.

and then this note in the comments section

I want the government to choose my doctor, because the choice they will offer will be much more vast than the small section of a county within a state that for-profit insurance companies force you to go to to chose from a small list of "preferred providers" if you actually want to see any of those ridiculous premium dollars ever again.

For-profit Health Insurance has been chosing your doctor for you for years and refusing to cover you if you refuse to see one of their lackeys.

It's is time for America to grow up like the rest of the world, and time for our government to stop punishing our citizens so politicians can get richer than they are.

2/3 of the Senate and about 1/3 of the House being millionaires is fine and dandy for millionaires, but doesn't do much for the remaining 95% of our population. Our country cannot afford to wait until the millionaire number is 100% in both chambers, though those assholes are doing their best.

Limbaugh is the not much better than the nuclear materal of the virus infecting a bacteria which is infecting a parasite in the gut of a maggot on a piece of shit. On this basis, this less than piece of shit has no credibility in my view.

Maybe this glutton will survive long enough to see the Rush Limbaugh Memorial Fuck Over 95% of My Listenership Legislation, or perhaps we can just refer to the last 30 years of anti-American, union-breaking, crony laisse faire trade policy, anti-guaranteed pension, wage staggering crap that his party has been passing. That is both wings of The Corporate Party by the way.

If there is a God, this traitor will fall over dead from a heart attack long before Kennedy succumbs to his brain tumor.

Good luck in finding a casket big enough for this fat fucker.

By Antillectual


Humor.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

classic clip from the 2004 republikkkan convention in New York City

Young Conservatives "Fuck New York!" before the Republican National Convention. Bush and his cronies acted out as prep school B-boys... Incredible script.


I thought this should have been an ad on MTV, and I actually showed it to some people who were going to make it happen with an edit or two, but it never happened, besides they probably wouldn't have aired it anyway. At the time this was by far the coolest most creative rallying cry I saw. These kids acting deserve some credit too. Directed by Matt Lenski.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Photo session (with an assistant for the 1st and last time) for Together Forever Tour merch 1987

I shot a roll or two of 35mm and one of 6x7 of Run-DMC and the Beastie Boys during one afternoon in the summer of 1987, before they were going on this big tour. It was pretty weird because I had shot all these guys separately many many times before this day, but by this time things were "different", so it wasn't the usual fun, but more like business. Although you couldn't really tell by the photos, because everyone was comfortable enough with me to goof off, in fact so comfortable usually just fucking up the pictures, but just having them both together was a big deal at this point. And if you've ever taken photos of a group of people, the more the merrier, and the more difficult to get each person looking their best, while still trying to compose a cool shot.

We only had like a half hour to shoot the tour promo shots and merch, so rushed in fact we shot it on the roof of the then Def Jam office at 298 Elizabeth street. So for the only time in my life i actually hired a photo assistant. It was a fucking lame nightmare! I asked the guy to load my 35mm while i was talking with the guys, and he for some reason didn't load it properly at first and just decided to throw away the roll, just ripping it, in a rush, out of my camera!! Even though it was not used, i'd never waste film like that, and never hired an assistant ever again. I was more worried about the assistant fucking up and wasting my stuff than i was about the session. I asked him to pack my stuff up as we went downstairs and i tried to get the guys in one last set up on the stoop of the building next door (since i didn't feel good about anything from the roof). This shot, of maybe four frames i had taken, on the stoop was my favorite, and somehow i convinced them to use it on the merch poster.

Any other time i've had an assistant it was only a good friend who would come out with me to keep me company, watch my camera bag while i'd shoot in a "bad" neighborhood, occasionally hold a light/reflector or just drive. For the record, my friends who also pretended to be photo assistants (and sometimes got paid and/or gold/platinum records) were: Amery "AWOL" Smith- who met the Beastie Boys for the 1st time when we shot the day that gave us the Check Your Head cover, and he later became their punk drummer. Joe Bruno- who was a Murphy's Law roadie and hung out for most of my sessions during the late 80's hip-hop stuff. Luke Hoverman- photographer who i met while he was still in school at SVA and working at Angelika's Kitchen (vegan organic) take out, and "King James" Cassimus- who of course was the photo editor at SkateBoarder and Action Now magazines, he just lit the stuff i did in his studio (the only studio work I've ever done).

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Ian MacKaye, rare clips through the years.

In chronological order here are a few i have checked off as favorites on You Tube.

Creatively edited with all the questions posed to this young man cut together first, with all the answers to follow...
(from the Minor Threat live DVD) circa 1981.


Fugazi accross the street from the White House circa 1991.


Ian testifies against an all ages ban in Washington DC.


His first recording with current band, The Evens, was a song that never came out on a record, but was in fact recorded for a local children's program in the DC area. An instant classic.


Clearly all good examples of why i consider this guy one of my favorite people on the planet.

Monday, March 9, 2009

one of my first VHS tapes reveals classic AC/DC

My dad had one of those incredibly large VHS machines way back when, and Ted Nugent hosted his "Extravagonzo" on a special edition of Wolfman Jack's Midnight Special on ABC back, i'm guessing , in '77 some time, maybe '78. It was the first thing i can remember taping. This clip has been released in the last few years on an AC/DC DVD compilation, but they cut out the classic introduction from Ted and Steven Tyler (from Aerosmith, when they still mattered) introducing these new young cats who were opening for them on some of their first concert dates ever in the America. So here you have the whole thing. One of the greatest live performances ever broadcast on TV.

video

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Did you know Dr. Seuss was a "Lefty"?

"Most people know Dr. Seuss as the man behind 'The Cat in the Hat.' But how many know that 'Yertle the Turtle' was modeled after Hitler--or that Dr. Seuss created WWII political cartoons that denounced racism, isolationism and other issues of the day. 'The Political Dr. Seuss' reveals how popular children's author Theodor Geisel advocated social change, teaching generations of children not only how to be better readers, but better people as well." -PBS
A few years ago when i was getting ready to become a father for the first time i started to look more closely at the children's books i knew we would soon be reading, and of course Dr. Seuss was one author at the top of our list. At around the same time PBS aired "The Political Dr. Seuss" on their [i]ndependent Lens series, Although i had some memory of some slightly political themes that may have been touched upon in his books, i really had no idea of how deep his political roots were, and really how overt the statements. Although he had a couple of political missteps in his career, my admiration of his body of work went to an entirely new level.

I've found the documentary on Google video (with a few minutes cut off the end), so you can check it out below, if you don't buy it directly from its producers.


The Lorax
Dr. Seuss Enterprises / Random House

(August 1, 1971)
Still an environmental warning over three decades after its publication, The Lorax (1971) is an allegory on the dangers of deforestation, industrial pollution, and corporate greed. Another Seuss book about how individuals can make a difference, The Lorax was his personal favorite.


You're in charge of the last of the Truffula Seeds.
And Truffula Trees are what everyone needs.
Plant a new Truffula. Treat it with care.
Give it clean water. And feed it fresh air.
Grow a forest. Protect it from axes that hack.
Then the Lorax
and all of his friends
may come back.
--The Lorax
Theodor “Ted” Seuss Geisel is an incredible hero. I highly recommend this film. Check out more about it on the PBS site where they discuss the film, Dr. Seuss, his early life, political cartooning and more.

Friday, March 6, 2009

THIS IS NOT AN ADVERTISEMENT

I was flying on Virgin America over the holidays to get out to L.A. for my show and to see all the friends and family we have out there. On a recommendation we finally used Virgin America. We get on the plane at around noon, all the windows are closed and the plane is lit up purple like an 80's movie night club. I guess their whole thing is supposed to be "cool". Well, i will admit it was the most relaxed flight crew i've ever encountered, all wearing all black (like night club employees) and the food service situation was pretty good too, although you had to pay for meals, they had stacks of free bottled water in the back of the plane to get for yourself whenever you wanted, and when you wanted food you ordered it from your seat off the touch screen at any time, swipe your credit card, and they bring it to your seat in no more than 2 minutes. (If you don't have a credit card apparently you can't eat, unless perhaps you have a neighbor who will take your cash and swipe for you.) - OK, enough hype, there are other good things too, and i may have had a problem with seating before we got to the airport, so it wasn't perfect, but it was all good. That said, this clip below is the in flight "safety video" they show you just before take off, and as far as i'm concerned it doesn't get any cooler than this:

Thursday, March 5, 2009

MUTO: An Ambiguous Animation Painted on Public Walls

Made in Buenos Aires and Baden. I know some of you have seen this before, but most who are reading this surely have not. Anyway I was blown away by it last year some time and thought i'd just share this bit of inspiration with you today. Dig it!

You can check out the artist's own website at http://blublu.org.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Rakim, Madison Square Garden 1987


Obviously, without question, one of the, if not the greatest hip-hop lyricists of all time, Rakim. (a.k.a. the MC of the group Eric B. & Rakim) - Another previously unpublished photo from my archive.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

It's my birthday and i can blog if i want to.

but so far it looks like i'm going to restrain myself today.
thanks for the well wishes...

OK, OK, here's a shot of me with my brother and father (I'm on the right), from the mid/late 60's, check the attitude and the button.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Ice-T gives me a cool shout out...

I'm sure this is just a great coincidence, because i ran into Ice and and his wife Coco while i was out taking a walk with my son, just last week. Ice, The O.G. has always been a loyal, stand up guy, even if he does play a cop on TV nowadays...

Anyway, designer and old friend (as well as softball team mate) Cey Adams and golden years, Def Jam publicist, Bill Adler have created a book; DEFinition: The Art and Design of Hip-Hop "That champions the impact of hip-hop-inspired design on music, fashion, advertising, and more." (I believe one or two of my photos are referenced).

Ill Badler (how he's affectionately known by his old school friends), who sent me this clip, tells me that "Dan Charnas at blackplanet.com has produced an exclusive series of short videos about the book posted at GIANT Magazine online, it's a six-part look inside the creation of this book," with narration from the authors and cameos from artists like Ice-T and Run (of Run-D.M.C.).

Click here to hear where i get the nice words. - Thanks Ice.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Stating the obvious: Fox news is for fucking idiots ONLY.

I never watch Fox news, not like i used to watch some of the networks just to see what's going on in the general media, to see how average people are getting their news fed to them, and why they think of the days political events as they do. But Several years ago after seeing that documentary OUTFOXED i thought, well at least now they've been exposed for the shit that they so obviously are.... No such luck, fucking idiots keep on telling their stories and fucking idiots still go on believing them.

I was watching Jon Stewart on The Daily Show earlier (this past Thursday's episode online), and he was showing some clips of some of the stupid shit they said the day before, and it really is beyond my belief that people can actually watch and believe this stuff. I watched Bill O'Reilly once when some one i knew went on the show, obviously just being a media whore to promote something to people who don't give a fuck about anything he would say anyway, just giving the scum-bag-lying-sack-of-shit O'Reilly credibility for him showing up ("see we have liberals on our show" - hardly!), and of course it was pathetic. but at least cordial. That said, if you look on line for evidence or even at the last time that sack of shit was on David Letterman it's obvious that anyone who thinks for their self or has more than half a brain would NEVER watch this ass or Hannity or any of the slightly more subtle sacks-of-shit they got lying constantly over there.

The reason I am stating this obvious here is that i really think if you know anyone who still watches "Faux News" (because it just came on after some funny Fox network lead-in, or they really like to be scared into not thinking) YOU MUST tell them how fucking stupid they are, or are further becoming by watching these assholes. Don't let'em slide, even if it's your parents. It's time for a bit of a change now in this country and they just can't bare it. I'm thinking within' the next four years these fuckers will just have to cut off their "news" organization completely. Rush Limbaugh too, they should all get their tongues cut out!